Consulting Tips & Links

Words of Wisdom

Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
Never use a long word where a short one will do.
If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
Never use the passive where you can use the active.
Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

— George Orwell

Consulting Links

  • publishes thousands of free online classics of reference, literature, and nonfiction.

  • CRLA is a group of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring, and mentoring at the college/adult level.

  • Grammar Girl offers helpful, comprehensible, and contemporary writing advice.

  • The International Writing Centers Association sponsors WLN and The Writing Center Journal, and holds conferences on writing centers.

  • PeerCentered is a space for peer writing tutors/consultants or anyone interested in writing centers to blog with their colleagues from around the world. Bloggers here will share their ideas, experiences, or insight.

  • Praxis is a nationally-respected online writing center journal.

  • The Dangling Modifier is an international newsletter by and for peer tutors in writing, produced in association with the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW). The mission of The Dangling Modifier is to provide an international forum for ongoing conversation among peer tutors in writing.


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